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King for a Day Fool for a Lifetime

Faith No MoreAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 28, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MTI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get Out
2. Ricochet
3. Evidence
4. The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
5. Star A.D.
6. Cuckoo For Caca
7. Caralho Voador
8. Ugly In The Morning
9. Digging The Grave
10. Take This Bottle
11. King For A Day
12. What A Day
13. The Last To Know
14. Just A Man

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Faith No More were masters of bad timing. the San Francisco quintet released the groundbreaking "Angel Dust" in 1992, just as the Seattle grunge trend was peaking. you never heard "everything's ruined" on the radio or saw "midlife crisis" on MTV.

so it's no surprise that, ten years after its release, "King for Day..." continues to line the discount bins in used CD stores.

KFAD was released as the sound embodied by bands like nirvana and soundgarden was giving way to more-polished imitators like candlebox and, um, soundgarden.

that's not to say KFAD fit into any category; indeed, Faith No More defied categorization more than any other band at the time, save perhaps Primus. but where Angel Dust took a turn for the funky, KFAD is Faith No More's rawest, most intricate, punked-out

release. and it does more than stand the test of time -- it gets better with each listen.

credit for the departure largely goes to the guitar work of trey spruance, singer mike patton's comrade in mr. bungle (another overlooked band). spruance, who was in the band only during the recording of KFAD and was out by the time it they went on tour, brings jazz inflections to FNM's characteristic hard-edged riffs -- something his predecessor, jim martin, would not or could not do. the rest of the band followed spruance's lead.

what you get is a potpourri of genres in one tightly-wound, coherent album, the ingenuity of which has yet to be repeated.

KFAD shocks the listener with the hard-rocker openers, "get out" and "ricochet," then flows into to the old-school R-and-B of "evidence." before you know it, it's on to the big-band ensemble of "Star A.D." then on to the schizoid thrash of "cuckoo for caca.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb genre smashing effort. April 27, 2005
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"King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime" is often maligned as the failed Faith No More album-- with Trey Spruance from Mr. Bungle replacing departed guitarist Jim Martin and joining his Bungle bandmate Mike Patton, the results are in many ways as expected. With the benefit of history, its clear this is the most Patton-driven Faith No More album. Given that I approach Faith No More as a Mike Patton fan, and its his work that interests me, its no suprise that this is my favorite Faith No More record.

While the influence of Spruance and Patton on this recording is obvious, this is not like its contemporary Mr. Bungle albums (although in some ways, it is similar to "California"). The record is an excercise in spreading the wings, musically, of the band, and succeeds best when they move into different genres-- the jazz-inflected grooves of "Evidence" (a feature for Spruance's guitar playing) and "Caralho Voador" (a vocal feature for Patton), the horn-driven "lounge metal" sound of "Star A.D." and the countryesque ballad "Take This Bottle" (with one of Patton's best "straight" vocals) are all superb, not to mention the Bunglish "Cuckoo for Caca" and "Ugly in the Morning"-- neither of these would be altogether out of place on a Mr. Bungle album.

The material that feels more like the other Faith No More pieces works well too-- benefiting largely from superior arrangement and variety of sonic approaches ("Get Out", "King For a Day", "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies", "Digging the Grave").

Long story short, if you approach Faith No More as a Mike Patton fan or a Mr. Bungle fan rather than an alternative/metal fan, this is the album to start with, it is bar none their best.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time greats, though often unrecognised October 4, 2005
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There are some albums you hear, where it is absolutely mindboggling to discover they weren't a smash hit when first released. "King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime" is probably the most prominent among them.

Faith No More remained relatively popular from the release of their "The Real Thing" album until they disbanded many years later, but they never matched the commercial success of "The Real Thing" again. Their follow up, "Angel Dust" was a bit of a flop (and it is also difficult to understand why that rocking masterpiece flopped, as most fans would consider it the superior album), and they never quite recovered, apparently.

But this album, which came after "Angel Dust", is their ultimate work. It is diverse, expertly crafted, and the tracks perfectly ordered to keep you entertained and amazed at the range and talent of this band (and the range and talent of Mike Patton, an unbelievable vocalist who will more than likely put any other singer you've ever heard to shame - even if you're a dedicated Maynard James Keenan follower).

The opening track is a bit of plain, ordinary (but good) rock. It's followed by a similar-but-different grunge piece. You're enjoying the music so far, but you haven't really sat up and started paying attention until the third track, "Evidence", a bit of delicious, loungy crooning that you really weren't expecting, but is a welcome surprise.

This album is essentially impossible to get sick of. Each track is cast from a different mould (though using the same ingedients) and ordered in such a way that you never find yourself tiring of a particular kind of music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy to listen again.
Great album,timeless.

Wish someone will remaster it, recording is ok but it could be better.

Overall great buy for me atleast.
Published 24 days ago by Goran
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album
This is FNM best balanced album. Album. It needs to be enjoyed as such, from the first track until the last, a perfectly balanced piece of music, heavy on MP vocals, and as any... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fernando Terrazzino
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I can never get enough of Faith No More. It is one of my favorite bands and this album definitely did not disappoint me.
Published 13 months ago by M. L.
5.0 out of 5 stars A LIFETIME FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!
I bought this incredible album when it reach the world, back in 1995, and was completely hooked up for this band!!!!! Read more
Published 14 months ago by FLUMINENSE
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album
This is a very good album by an underrated band and talent in Mike Patton. Definitely worth five bucks. Enjoy it!
Published 16 months ago by Thedeadbeat86
5.0 out of 5 stars A_MAZZAAZING!
One of the best albums FNM ever made. This cd came in perfect condtion and earlier than I expected! Very pleased.
Published 17 months ago by Melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars an album you just gotta hear !
Faith No More - King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime (1995)

This album is not for the young at heart ! Read more
Published 18 months ago by James W. Unger
4.0 out of 5 stars solid album from an underated band
it took me the longest time to get into this record. but after giving this cd another try, i must say, its a dandy. Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by EVAN ZACHMANN
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVIER FAITH NO MORE!
Faith No More is one of the greatest acts of the heavy music in the world. After two monster classic albuns, the band record this magic heavy metal King for a day. Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Rio Fluzão
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of the 90's...PERIOD!!
You know when you listen to an album and you are completely blown away? You try to find one flawed song but you can't? Well, this is one of those albums. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by Todd
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